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Christopher charms Duchess at charity visit

Christopher Horth, a 28-year-old from Brackley with a life-shortening condition, met Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cornwall, when she visited Helen & Douglas House

Christopher Horth, a 28-year-old from Brackley with a life-shortening condition, met Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cornwall, when she visited Helen & Douglas House

A 28-year-old Brackley man with a life-shortening condition met Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall when she visited Helen & Douglas House hospice.

Christopher Horth met Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall, at the charity in Oxford on May 9 when she marked the tenth birthday of the hospice.

Christopher, who visits Douglas House for respite care, managed to charm the Duchess with his well-practiced bow.

His mother Ann said: “He met her two years ago and he’s been asking about her ever since. She remembered him, which was very special – it was quite moving.”

Douglas House opened in 2004 specifically for young adults between the ages of 16-35. Her Royal Highness, who is the charity’s patron, toured the building on May 9 and spoke to children, young adults, families, staff and volunteers.

She said: “This is the most inspiring and uplifting place to come to. You go away feeling better, which is what a hospice should do. It is also the flagship of children’s hospices around the world; from small beginnings to great things.”

The charity needs to raise about 85 per cent of the £5 million needed every year to run the two hospice houses via voluntary donations. In addition, this year the charity needs to raise an extra £1 million to fund the upcoming refurbishment of Helen House. For information on how to help, see www.helenanddouglas.org.uk

 

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